What To Do: Fountains at Longwood, Willowdale Steeplechase and so much more for Mothers’ Day

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Longwood Gardens There are many annual events that are eagerly anticipated by visitors to Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square, www.longwoodgardens.org) such as the Christmas display, the “Orchid Extravaganza” and the just-concluded “Spring Blooms.” But the one that attracts visitors more than any other is the annual “Festival of Fountains.” The...

What To Do: May flowers bloom across the region

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times  Yellow Springs Art Show Spring weather seems to have really arrived now. That means it’s time for outdoor activities such as visiting horticultural sites, hiking, fishing, going to festivals and celebrating May Day and Arbor Day. The Yellow Springs Art Show got its start back in 1973 as a free event featuring a variety of artists displaying their...

County historical society gets $80K grant from state

WEST CHESTER — State Senator Andy Dinniman announced that the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) will receive $80,000 in state funding for facility and roofing repairs. “Chester County is home to a rich history dating back to the days of William Penn, and that history has been meticulously documented and preserved thanks to the efforts of so many patrons, supporters, staff members, historians,...

Laurent selected as new Historical Society President

Elizabeth Laurent WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Historical Society has appointed Elizabeth M. Laurent to be its new president, effective July 25, 2016.  After a national search, her selection was unanimously approved by the board of Trustees in June, said Chairman George C. Zumbano, Esq. “We are delighted to have selected from a national field of candidates a history-museum leader with exceptional...

County Historical Society gets $400K grant from National Endowment for the Humanities

The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) announced Tuesday that it had received an implementation grant of $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the upcoming exhibition Chester County: A Place in History. The grant program is extremely competitive. Of the 212 grants awarded nationally, CCHS was one of only ten to receive funding in the Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations...

Chester County Historical Society mourns death of Lukens

Rob Lukens WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Historical Society announced Monday that its president, Rob Lukens, died Sunday, following a battle with cancer. The organization issued the following statement Monday morning: “It is with deep regret and a profound sadness that we inform you of the death of our President, Rob Lukens, PhD, August 1st, following a long fight with cancer. ...

WHAT TO DO: The play’s the thing

Also: New WC brewery debuts, new exhibit at historical society By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times With outside temperatures hovering in single digits and wind chill factors dipping into the sub-zero range locally, there have been a lot of days that fall into the “good day to stay at home” category. But, for active people and parents with active kids, there is also a need to get out of the...

CC Historical Society awarded grant for marketing

Funds from William Penn Foundation to be used to look at name, other issues WEST CHESTER —  The Chester County Historical Society (CCHS) announced Monday it received a grant award from the William Penn Foundation focusing on marketing. Specifically, the grant-funded project will examine the “Chester County Historical Society” name, as well as the names of its buildings and other spaces,...

Nearly 50 dealers lined up for annual Antiques Show

Chester County Historical Society’s popular fund-raiser to be held April 4-6  The 32nd Annual Chester County Antiques Show, a major fund-raiser for the Chester County Historical Society (CCHS), will be held from April 4 to April 6 at the Phelps School in Malvern. The event, sponsored by PECO, will feature more than 48 renowned dealers from throughout the country, making it a must-see for anyone...

19th-century civil-rights pioneer in spotlight

Authors of Octavius Catto book to speak at Chesco Historical Society Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, authors of the acclaimed biography of 19th-century Philadelphia civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto – Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America – will discuss Catto’s life, legacy, and milieu on Friday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Chester County...